Strat-O-Matic Baseball Daily Takes Historic Game from Past to Present
Digital player cards will update daily based on real-life player performance
GLEN HEAD, NY – FEB. 1, 2016 – Strat-O-Matic Media LLC, creator of the original baseball fantasy simulation game, is taking realism to a new level with the introduction of the company’s most innovative product to date: Strat-O-Matic Baseball Daily. For more than 50 years, Strat-O-Matic games have been based on player performance from the previous season. With Baseball Daily, digital player cards will adjust and update daily based on real-life player performance. When a player goes on a hot streak, his production will be immediately reflected on his Strat-O player card. When a player endures a slump, his card will be adjusted accordingly as well.
“We are excited to offer Strat-O-Matic players, baseball fans and fantasy sports aficionados a new way to enjoy the game,” said Hal Richman, the Founder and CEO of Strat-O-Matic. “Our games have always been the most realistic because of our attention to detail and the care we take in player analysis. This history of realism coupled with the algorithms we’ve developed to adjust the cards daily has brought a new level of realism that I never would have dreamed of.”
Baseball Daily digital cards reflect a combination of current season stats, recent performance, projected stats, and Strat-O-Matic’s proprietary algorthims and ratings. Historical data is factored into the cards at the start of the season, with current season stats having increased influence as the season progresses.
The result is an even more realistic experience for Strat-O-Matic gamers, who will now have a chance to manage their favorite players through the ups and downs of a long regular season.
Strat-O-Matic ran a simulation of the 2015 World Series using the Baseball Daily digital cards in October and the results were remarkable. Here were some of the predictions that came to life:
- Kansas City wins first two games at home
- Jeurys Familia blows the save in a game that ends in 14 innings
- Home runs by Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon in Game 1
- Matt Harvey allows three earned runs in Game 1
- New York’s bullpen implodes in Game 1
- Jacob deGrom allows four earned runs in Game 2
- Johnny Cueto allows one earned run in Game 2
- David Wright hits a clutch home run in Game 3; New York wins the game
- Michael Conforto hits a home run in Game 4 (Conforto actually hit two HRs)
- Harvey dominates in Game 5: 7ip, 0 runs, 4h, 1bb, 8k (identical through seven innings, short of one strikeout)
Baseball fans can play with Baseball Daily digital cards in the Strat-O-Matic Baseball 365 online platform and the popular Windows game platform, both available at www.strat-o-matic.com. In the online game, players can sign up for a Baseball Daily league at any point during the actual baseball season. Participants draft a team, set their lineup and preferences each night and check back in the morning as three games are simulated overnight. A full season is played out over two months. The Baseball Daily feature will also be an optional add-on for this year’s Windows game, allowing players the unique experience of managing their favorite baseball team through its entire current in-season schedule on a nightly basis. Long-time loyal players of the board game and Windows game will continue to have the option of playing Strat-O without the Baseball Daily feature.
Baseball Daily for the Windows platform is currently available for pre-order and will become accessible on Monday, April 4, the first day following Opening Day of the baseball season. Baseball Daily leagues for Strat-O-Matic Baseball 365 will also begin on Monday, April 4.
Strat-O-Matic was invented by 11-year-old Hal Richman in his bedroom in Great Neck, NY in 1948 as a result of his frustration with the statistical randomness of other baseball board games. He discovered the statistical predictability of dice would give his game the realism he craved. Over the next decade, he perfected the game at summer camp and then as a student at Bucknell University. After producing All-Star sets in 1961 and ‘62, he parlayed a $5,000 loan from his father (and made a deal that if it didn’t work out he would work for his father’s insurance company) into the original 1962 Strat-O-Matic Baseball season game. Needless to say, Hal never had to take a job with his father.
Strat-O-Matic, based in Glen Head, NY and on the Internet at www.strat-o-matic.com, manufactures the top selling sports board games and realism/stats sports digital games. The Company publishes baseball, football, basketball and hockey games to play both on and off your computer and mobile screens. “Strat-O” games are known throughout the sports community for their statistical realism and accuracy. The Company has the world’s greatest sports game stat libraries with top-of-the-line seasons dating back to the early 1900’s. Recently, the Company released Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues, the first sports simulation game to accurately reflect more than 100 Negro League players who never had the chance to show their skills in the major leagues. In June of 2012, two Strat-O-Matic Fanatics set a Guinness World Record for the longest marathon playing a board game, squaring off in continuous games of Strat-O-Matic Baseball for 61 hours and 2 minutes.
The Company has a loyal celebrity following including a bevy of sports broadcasters such as Bob Costas, Jon Miller and Dan Shulman, former MLB’ers Keith Hernandez, Doug Glanville and Cal Ripken Jr., and sports super fans including Drew Carey, Ben Bernanke, Bryant Gumbel, Spike Lee and Tim Robbins. More information is available at www.strat-o-matic.com.